*Written by Richard Thackston My first memory of my mother isn’t really a memory at all. It’s more of a fragmented, dream-like outline, shaded and color-washed by the stories of others. I have never been sure which sounds and images are my own and which belong to someone else, mere byproducts of hearing the story … Continue reading My Mother Tried to Shoot Me
God’s been speaking to me a lot lately in the bathroom. I know that sounds weird. It kinda is. It’s usually in the middle of my nightly routine of washing my face or brushing my teeth. When you live in a house with six other people, it’s moments alone (which are most likely in the … Continue reading Bathroom Walls
Hi, my name is Kirsten and I am a Netflix Addict. I am notoriously lazy when left to my own devices. I have been known to classify my bed as an idol. My deepest human desire is to stay in bed and do nothing all day. So this Saturday when I looked outside and saw … Continue reading Confessions of a Netflix Addict
Do you ever feel like you are too much? Too competitive? Too sensitive? Too Loud? Too quiet? Sometimes I struggle feeling like I am too much of something, in my case, it is usually too competitive. The other day it was a beautiful sunny day outside, one of the first signs of spring and I … Continue reading Why Less Isn’t More.
From the age of twelve until eighteen I used to hurt myself, mainly cutting and burning my arms. I started because I wanted to be noticed. I was hurting inwardly and wanted others to know. This worked, I became accustomed to negative attention and soon taught myself that the only way to get people to love … Continue reading The Secret Behind My Scars: Self-Harm
I’ve called myself a recovering type-A personality for a long time. Type-A’s love to plan. We love details and having some measure of control.But, the thing about life is it rarely plays out that way. God works in mysterious ways. Most people take comfort in trusting that God knows what He’s doing, and that He … Continue reading Confessions of a Type-A Christian
Have you ever feared what was inside of you? Our lives are jaded with rejection and deep-seated fear that we’re not good enough. I’ve experienced this in my own life and I’m sure you have too. A few days ago I was talking with a close friend of mine about deliverance. I asked her what … Continue reading Facing the Demon Inside Me
I realize the issue I’m about to address is a complicated one with many issues and nuances surrounding the subject. Please view this as the start of a conversation and an invitation into the process of change. There is a serious lack of men in the church and in the mission field these days. Many … Continue reading 5 Ways Men of God Can Step Up
Six months ago I was living in Thailand near the top floor of a cafe that stretched seven stories. I was there for two months and my job was simple: love on people, especially those who worked in the thriving bar scene. Every morning I woke up and prayed I would be found useful there, … Continue reading The Story Isn’t Over
Ebola is all over the media lately, you can’t turn on the TV or Radio without hearing about it. You can’t even log on to Facebook without it inundating your newsfeed. Everyone has their opinions about Ebola and whether or not we are danger, whether or not we are at risk and in danger. … Continue reading What Our Fears About Ebola Say About Us.